Spring has arrived and here at HFTS that means bringing out the MacKenzie-Childs dishes in the Taylor Series and dining alfresco out on the terrace. MacKenzie-Childs' web site notes that these dishes "mix and match in playful harmony." It was exactly that characteristic which drew me to these fanciful dishes in the 1980s.
A recent Heritage Society Home Tour brought a group of friends together here at HFTS. We enjoyed a light brunch of fresh fruit, spinach quiche, and mini sweet rolls out on the terrace before visiting the historical properties on tour. I had planned to share the brunch setting last week for Tablescape Thursday, but when I attempted to upload the photos, there was an error message. No photos uploaded, and all the photos had been erased on my camera card. The above photo, taken by a friend, is all I have to share from the brunch.
This week offered more perfect spring weather for alfresco dining, so a group of girlfriends came over Monday to enjoy a light meal and evening of conversation outdoors.
The ruffled dinner plates from MacKenzie-Childs' Taylor Series are each so full of pattern and color, that I kept added details to a minimum.
Pastel plaid tablecloth, Ambiance Vintage Garden white chargers, and vintage flatware were all that was needed to set the stage for the mix of patterns on the table.
Bearded Iris pattern "remembers the bright yellow
Aalsmeer pattern is named for the place "where
King Ferry pattern "is a grid of fields and flowers
Myrtle pattern is named for a "Belfast lass who
Madison pattern for the "Indiana, smokestack,
For a simple centerpiece I used potted spring annuals popped in a whimsical tin vase encircled with carrots.
Hand painted napkins in pinks and greens
My friend Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is was the inspiration for this idea. I had planned to use the bunny creamers filled with flowers at each place setting, but when I saw Mary's idea of using a mug filled with flowers as a napkin ring, I knew these would serve the same purpose.
If you missed seeing Mary's
gorgeous Tulip d'Or table click here.
with a guest for the evening's party favor.
A yellow Kalanchoe plant offered the
A simple light salad of fresh cucumbers and tomatoes was served in an Odd Fellows footed compote. The Odd Fellows pattern is "a medley of patterns patched together."
Parmesan crisp in a Keukenhof pattern
Napa Rolls offered a rabbit friendly light entree for the spring evening. The large platter in the Bearded Iris pattern was a lucky thrift shop find a few years ago.
Filled with Napa cabbage, chicken, julienned carrots, and a blend of mint, basil, cilantro, and scallions, the Napa rolls were a big hit.
Sauces of spicy peanut and hot sriracha, here on a small oval platter in the Odd Fellows pattern, gave the Napa rolls an added tasty kick.
For dessert ~ carrot cake cupcakes, of course!
The cute carrot cupcake toppers
Iced pretzels offered
a sweet/salty taste.
A special thank you to Jenn @ MacKenzie-Childs
direct service for help with
specific descriptions for the pattern names.